GamerGate to GameCrush
As if we haven’t heard enough about sexism in gaming in the last couple of months, what with the hyped-up GamerGate mysgonists and the horrifying backlash some of the women in the industry received, here’s something new to keep the horrendous problem alive. This time around, some of the female gamers are fueling the fire themselves.
A brand new service called GameCrush is now online, and it’s going to offer male gamers a chance to play video games over Xbox Live with an ‘attractive girl’ at their side. Now, this doesn’t sound that bad on and of itself I guess, but the rest of the deal sure as hell does. After you sign-up, you have the option of playing a tiny Flash game with a female gamer of your choice, or doing so in a ‘real’ Xbox game. Now, if you actually want to do so, you’ll have to shell out 8.25 USD for 10 minutes of Xbox Live gaming or 6 minutes of Flash gaming. No, I am not joking and this is actually a thing now. Women that want to play games with random male gamers over GameCrush will be earning 60% of the money males throw at them – and of course the males will get to rate their ‘PlayMates’ in regards of their “hotness, flirtiness and gaming skill”. Disguisted yet?
As the website’s FAQ explains in a VERY politically correct fashion: “We have created two broad categories, “Flirty” and “Dirty” to help the PlayDate define and match her mood of gaming interaction and experience with those of the players. You can choose either option or both depending on how you feel!”
As it currently stands, there are around 1200 PlayMates registered and waiting to kick things off – a number that makes me wonder if this is all simply an early April Fool’s joke. Alas, it is not, and the descriptions of these women are sometimes borderline terrifying. Images are available too, naturally, but I sure as hell am not linking any of that shit here. Here’s a taste of what MIDMOWHISKEYGIRL has to say: “Well I kick A$$, HAH! You cant beat me at Medal of Honor…Halo…or Texas Hold em’ GARUNTEED”
The existence of one such service is beyond me and I suggest we all get our virtual flamethrowers out and burn it before things REALLY get out of hand. Which is “GARUNTEED” to happen very, very soon – even more so now that certain gamers of the fairer sex feel the need to conform to the objectification that is very much present in gaming industry.